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Redskins roundup: Gruden likes read option only as a surprise tactic

Redskins roundup: Gruden likes read option only as a surprise tactic

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, June 15, two days before the start of Redskins minicamp.

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Here are five Redskins notes and quotes from around the web:

—Jay Gruden reiterated to Don Banks of Sports Illustrated that the read option will be a change of pace for Robert Griffin III and the Redskins rather than a staple. "Personally my belief is the read option is better as an element of surprise,'' Gruden said. "If you're making it a major focal point of your offense -- though they had success with it -- that's problematic.”

—Gruden also took something of a shot at Mike and Kyle Shanahan, saying that they didn’t seem to be interested in developing Griffin into a well-rounded QB. "But we're trying to develop him as an all-around quarterback,” he said. “And I don't know if they had that (as a goal). I'm sure they did a little bit, but I think that's the clear intent moving forward, to develop him as an all-around quarterback. That's part of his growth, from '12 to '13 to now.''

—It won’t surprise many of you to learn that the 2013 Redskins were among the worst teams in the league when it came to dropped passes. Eric Edholm of Yahoo! took drop stats for two major sources (which can be widely divergent), averaged them out, and figured out the percentage of pass attempts that each team dropped. The Redskins dropped 39 passes, 6.4 percent of their attempts. Only five other teams dropped a higher percentage of their passes.

—According to one of those sources, Sporting Charts, Santana Moss and Pierre Garçon each had seven drops, tying for the most on the Redskins. However, Garçon was targeted 181 times, more than twice as frequently as was Moss (78). Garçon dropped 3.9 percent of the passes aimed at him while Moss dropped 9.0 percent.

—According to a post on NFL.com the Browns were the team most often tweeted about between May 13 and June 12. That would seem to be a result of the team’s drafting of Johnny Manziel. The third most popular team on Twitter? Your Washington Redskins.

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Timeline

—It’s been 168 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be 84 days until they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Minicamp starts 2; Training camp 39; Preseason opener vs. Patriots 53

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Redskins release Dashaun Phillips, again

Redskins release Dashaun Phillips, again

Cornerback Dashaun Phillips had a very short return to the Redskins’ active roster.

Phillips, who started the season as the nickel cornerback before being benched and eventually released and moved to the practice squad last month, was re-signed to the roster on Friday. He made the trip to Arizona but he was inactive for the game. The Redskins announced today that he has been released again.

It is possible for Phillips to return to the practice squad if he clears through waivers.

The transaction clears a roster spot for the return of offensive tackle Trent Williams, who has been suspended for the last four games.

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Jamison Crowder's touchdown dance was better than his touchdown

Jamison Crowder's touchdown dance was better than his touchdown

Among all the darkness and depression that has followed after the Redskins' 31-23 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday, one bright, shining light has emerged: Jamison Crowder's touchdown celebration.

Late in the third quarter, the second-year wideout was on the receiving end of a 26-yard Kirk Cousins strike, which put his team in the lead on the game's scoreboard by three. However, it's what he did post-catch that put his team in the lead by a far larger margin on the swagboard.

Feast your eyes on this dance, and if you've already seen it, feast your eyes on it again. And again. And AGAIN:

Do you see how much Juju he put on that beat? And did you catch how he gave the ref a little somethin'-somethin' right at the end of the sequence? Calling that flawless would be an insult to Crowder.

Apparently, Jay Gruden was heard screaming at his players in the locker room as they were processing the matchup's result Sunday night. Is it possible he was just loudly complimenting Crowder's moves?

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